Sunday, June 10, 2007

US-T&T postgame thoughts

Michael Haley and I both attended the US-Trinidad and Tobago match yesterday at the Home Depot Center. The US made ten changes in the starting eleven from Thursday night's victory over Guatemala. Most interestingly the new players seemed to adjust well to Bob Bradley's attacking formation which features many overlapping runs and requires the defensive midfielders to occupy a lot of space in the middle of the pitch. Ricardo Clark was particularly impressive in this role. Overall the most impressive US player was Jay DeMerit whose baptism by fire at Watford has made a tough smart defender who knows how to use his hands to gain position without being called for silly fouls or worse get booked.

The entrance of Landon Donovan in the match at half time changed the way the US attacked and instilled some confidence in the side. Donovan spectacular run down the right hand flank set up an easy finish for Eddie Johnson who until that point the match looked completely lost. Another important note from the match was the first US cap for Michael Parkhurst who now is ineligible to play for Ireland's National Team. Parkhurst had been capped at every youth level for the US, but had recently arroused the interest of Steve Staunton and the Irish Football Federation.


Anonymous said...

I like how you act as if this was some great victory when it was in fact T and T's C team.

Sams Army said...

Donovan changed the game and once again showed it is very tough for the US to do much without him in the midfield or the attack. Ching had a nice game also as did Ricardo Clark as you mentioned. Look for Chris Albright to push Simek and Hedjuk for the right back spot when he returns to health.

Soccer Guru said...

To the first poster somehow unlike Mexico, Costa Rica and Canada we have totally avoided the upset bug so yes it was an important victory.

Our finishing continues to be suspect and Eddie Johnson's mistimed runs and poor work off the ball is general concern, but otherwise it was a good victory.

Anonymous said...

Any predictions for tomorrow?